Rick Owens

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Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Born (1962-11-18) 18 November 1962 (age 56)
EducationOtis/Parsons, Los Angeles Trade Tech, Los Angeles
Rick Owens, DRKSHDW, Rick Owens Lilies, Slab (Defunct)
AwardsCooper-Hewitt National Design Award, 2007, Fashion Group International Rule Breaker Award, 2007, CFDA Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award, 2002

Richard Saturnino Owens (born November 18, 1962), known as Rick Owens, is an American fashion designer from Porterville, California.

Early life and education[edit]

Rick Owens was raised in Porterville, California. His parents are John (d. 2015)[2] and Concepción "Connie" Owens. Connie is Mexican.[3][4] Owens was raised in a conservative, Catholic household.[5] After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles to study fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, for two years before taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. This led to work in the garment industry, designing copies of designer clothing.[6]


Owens launched his fashion line in 1994, operating out of a store in Hollywood Boulevard. He moved to Paris in 2003, setting up his home and atelier inside a historic five-storey building that previously served as offices for former French President François Mitterrand.[7] His runway collections have been mounted in Paris since then. In July 2005, Owens introduced a furniture collection. Using raw plywood, marble, and moose antlers, the collection is inspired by his favorite shapes from Eileen Gray to Brâncuși to California skate parks. The furniture collection has since been shown at the Musée d'Art modern in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.[citation needed]

In 2013 Owens [8] exhibited his 'Prehistoric' collection at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London. Owens' design colour palette in this seven piece collection stretches from white to black, stopping nowhere in between.[9] "The show is entitled 'Prehistoric' – a name that reflects its inspiration, the origins of humanity, it recalls a mysterious ancient civilisation. Its aura is one of spiritual ritual, archaic ceremony and supreme power".[10]

A recipient of the 2002 Perry Ellis award for emerging talent and the lifetime achievement award by the council of fashion designers of america in 2017,[11] Rick owens was also awarded the cooper-hewitt design award for fashion design,[12] as well as the fashion group international rule breaker award in 2007. Owens has authored 3 books — l'ai-je bien descendu?,[13] published in 2007, Rick owens, published in 2011, and Rick owens furniture.[14]

On December 15, 2017, Rick Owens' first museum exhibition and retrospective, chronicling over 20 years of his life's work, entitled, "Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman" opened at the Triennale di Milano.[15]


  1. ^ Socha, Miles (11 November 2013). "Rick Owens: Breaking the Rules". WWD. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/t-magazine/rick-owens-fashion-designer.html
  3. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/03/10/elegant-monsters
  4. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/rick-owens-the-prince-of-dark-design-2250838.html
  5. ^ https://hypebeast.com/2016/12/rick-owens-masculinity-in-fashion
  6. ^ Rick Owens fashion latimesmagazine.com 2008/09
  7. ^ Yaeger, Lynn. "American Gothic". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. ^ Davis, Thomas. "Rick Owens' Prehistoric Furniture Exhibition". HERO Magazine. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  9. ^ Compton, Nick. "Rick Owens' 'Prehistoric' new furniture collection". Wallpaper. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  10. ^ Thompson, Henrietta. "Renaissance man: Rick Owens". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  11. ^ Steff, Yotka. "No tricks, just rick! a candid chat with Rick Owens on the eve of his cfda lifetime achievement award". Vogue. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Biography". Bof.
  13. ^ "L'ai-je bien descendu?". W KOREA. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  14. ^ Marcy Medina. "Rick Owens on furniture, fashion and 'fairy witch' Michele Lamy". WWD. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  15. ^ Judah, Hettie. "What's in a Rick Owens Retrospective? Whatever He Wants". New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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